New kid on the block M Resort, SpaCasino is flexing its palate's muscles in a competitive culinary atmosphere in Las Vegas with a little help from Bravo TV. The network's popular and James Beard Award-winning series, "Top Chef," took place at M Resort and will premiere Wednesday, August 19 at 9 p.m. Chef'testants competed throughout the property, during the filming process, stirring up amazing food and fierce competition to become Top Chef.
"We opened the resort talking about our fresh approach to casino dining and the importance we place on food," aid Anthony A. Marnell III, xhairman and CEO of the M Resort. "Having the No. 1 food show on cable film at our resort affirms our commitment to creating an out-of-the-ordinary dining experience and developing chef talent in our cooking studio and in our restaurants."
The Marnell family is credited with bringing previous innovations to the Las Vegas market while owning and operating the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from 1992 to 2001. They were the first to host James Beard Out of House Events, offer a full seafood buffet, sell specialty foods made on premise, establish roof restaurants and lounges, and the first to have a master sommelier on staff and charcuterie on premises in Las Vegas.
Bravo's "Top Chef" series features 17 aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef." Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The challenges not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a Top Chef. The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with being a master chef and each week someone is asked to "pack up their knives" and go home.